a work in progress . . . God's grace has brought me through many traumas of varying intensities and I am alive today (both physically & spiritually) because of Him and His work: "For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus"-Philippians 1:6.
My childhood was spent living in many places in the United States due to my family's music or ministry—The Hicks Family, made up of Olan & Barbara Hicks, my younger brothers, Clint & Chuck & me, sang in different combos (put out an album), does so no longer professionally . . . but, visit a family gathering in Searcy & you're bound to hear some foot-tapping sounds (or catch my dad & mom on the road)!
I believe that every moment of each life path (the good & what I perceive as the bad) God works together for my good as His child whether I understand it or not. MUSIC and MINISTRY are still primary aspects of the path God has me walking—so exciting!
Words that have encouraged me since 1980: ". . . giving them a garland instead of ashes,The oil of gladness instead of mourning,The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting So they will be called oaks of righteousness,The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
First I want to say how sorry I am that you had your share of trauma in your life. I may have mentioned this before, so forgive me if you’ve heard this before. On my tombstone I want to have,
“Only through death will I have reached my full potential.”
None of us will ever be perfect as long as we’re breathing. When the Bible was translated from it’s original Hebrew in the Old Testament and Greek in the New Testament, the word ‘perfect’ was misconstrued.
In the Old Testament when God says that Abraham was perfect or that Job was perfect, He’s not saying that Abraham and Job were sinless. He knows that because we are human, there is no way we can be perfect.
When God said that Abraham and Job were perfect, He was saying that they did their best to follow the commandments to the best of their abilities. He was speaking from the standpoint of, in all their flaws as humans, they had good hearts, they were people of integrity, and they had good intentions. That’s the best anyone of us can do as human beings, because of our sin nature.
In the areas in His Word where He’s calling us to be perfect, He’s telling us to ‘work toward perfection’, live your lives with integrity, honesty, and righteousness.
I will always have my sin nature. There’s nothing I can do about that, but within the context of my sin nature, I can still do good and keep striving to be good and live my life with integrity. As long as my heart is in the right place that’s half the battle.
Well, Jeanne, I did it again! I went off on another one of my tangents! Please forgive me.
That cartoon is pretty cute. I’ll shut up now!
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I agree–by the way, I love tangents! An important point to me is that “perfect” can be looked at as mature, to bring to full development, finish or complete–speaking of human beings, does not mean “flawless” or without fault. I once said that my life, if written as a fictional series, would require at least six volumes to recount each trauma period–over the decades, I have come to see more of a “perfecting” or maturing process as a result of each of those traumas and I am humbled by a history that shows God’s hand in all of my life. To me, I no longer view my life as a “battle,” but as battlefields where my human nature identifies “enemies” and harm inflicted while my spirit speaks of a different perspective which I attempt to share as my journey continues to unfold. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts – exchanging opinions can enrich us and expand our ability to “see” a scene from different perspectives . . . a good thing, I believe.
Love this image and this message, very cute. Made me smile.
Thank you! Animals can be so “wise”! LOL